(NECN: Jennifer Eagan) - Just above a first grade classroom - wooden beams gave way under the weight of snow and ice.
The 25-30 foot hole opened up while elementary school students in Georgetown, Massachusetts were at lunch yesterday.
The children were rushed out of the building, so quickly some left behind coats and backpacks.
Worried parents rushed to the middle school and high school to pick up their kids.
The problem is widespread throughout the region. Schools will remain closed in Pawtucket, RI because of safety concerns due to snow and ice build up.
Back in Georgetown, school officials say they plan to hoist a bucket up over the roof instead of putting a person up there to avoid putting any additional stress on the roof. They hope classes can resume on Monday.